Look Not For a Golden Age But For Gold In an Age…

Conservatives, reactionaries and even old-school socialists are often accused of Golden Ageism – that is, romanticising the past while lamenting the present. It can be a fair point. The past could be a brutal place. The present can be preferable. Yet I think there is a more sensible attitude: that we have abandoned aspects of our inheritance that could have enhanced the best of our present conditions. One does not have to ignore the fact that the patriotism of past generations was pressed into service in cruel and merciless conflicts to believe that it could promote togetherness in our more peaceful time. One need not overlook the fact that past families faced the tragic and almost inevitable deaths of ailing children to believe that a united and responsible parental unit can aid kids in our more prosperous and sanitary era. I accept that I am simplifying complicated problems, as it is hard to extract good and bad features of an age, but I think this more subtle approach to generations could yield valuable results. The 2000s, the 1900s, the 1800s and even earlier passages in our existence have been better and worse times in their different ways.

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One Response to Look Not For a Golden Age But For Gold In an Age…

  1. Jack says:

    Reblogged this on The Missal and commented:
    Well and truly observed…

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